Seen Around - September 2019 - New York Fashion Week: The Shows - Day 5
Roy Rochlin

Natural hairstyles are just that. Natural. By definition natural hair, it is hair that hasn't been altered by straighteners, chemicals, or texturizers. I have always found it interesting when people say, braids or dredlocks are not natural. When in fact, both are ancient natural hairstyles worn by a variety of ethnic groups African, Asian, and caucasian(Vikings, Germanic tribes) just to name a few. Some may not care for these particular styles and that is okay.

Ty's Dreads & Shauns Twist Fade
Dreads & Twist Fade-(Photo by Bennett Raglin/Getty Images for FIT)

It is just important that we all understand that a person's hair doesn't define who we are as human beings. It is just a part of how they express themselves, their creativity, cultural pride, or sometimes out of convenience. For some, hairstyles represent their religion as well. African Americans in particular, have dealt with a tremendous amount of scrutiny when it comes to the way we wear our hair. For decades our natural hairstyles such as dreadlocks, braids, twists, and cornrows have been used as a tool to invoke racial discrimination. This has been especially true in educational institutions and in work environments. This week the public reacts to a new law banning hair discrimination.

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Dreadlocks-(Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
Markisha Thomas Crochet Faux Locs
Crochet Faux Locs-(Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images)
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